I compulsively read all the news stories and analyses about the state of modern publishing—the rise of e-books and self-publishing, the dominance of Amazon and the closing of local bookstores, publishers being sued by the government. It is hard not to feel discouraged. I would not fault anyone for concluding that my profession is falling apart. But I don’t think that is the case. Yes, publishing has experienced what experts call “disruptions” in the marketplace, but focusing on these hides the larger story. A better frame for understanding these changes may be that we are entering a new era of human communication and knowledge expansion, and the bumps we feel are part of the transition.